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Utah’s National Parks Still Bursting With Visitors Despite The Weekend Ending

Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for Utah’s national parks. This year, the parks are remaining full days past the weekend, which hasn’t been a typical trend in the past.According to Deseret News, since May 20  — with the exception of only one day — Arches National Park has had to temporarily close the park until it had additional capacity for new visitors. ArchestweetedMonday, Tuesday and Wednesday, warning guests they may need to find an alternative attraction or visit at later times due to the park being completely full. 


The situation has been very similar for Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Jim Ireland, Bryce Canyon’s Superintendent, says he believes the massive crowds are because “people are anxious to get outside, anxious to get away from home after being in quarantine for so long, and they just want to be out in the parks.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!